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California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

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401 South Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
+1 803-254-6767
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Hartsville, South Carolina
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Have eaten here 3 times now and always leave stuffed! Awesome food, it's a little pricey but worth it.

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Thank tba7673
North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Out of this world salads. Super fresh vegetables. Amazing rolls with honey. I like to bring visitors to columbia here to eat. Pretty neat place too. Very good, nice atmosphere as well.

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Blythewood, South Carolina
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Food was very good, service good, but not good if with a group as you cannot hear anyone except the person beside you.

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Thank dq552017
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86 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the setting of this California dreaming. It's got a great location downtown, and the food is delicious.

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Thank Neely L
New Jersey
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is very big. Good for large groups of people. It is not cozy or quiet so don't go there for a romantic dinner, unless you like that atmosphere. Food was fine. Service was good.

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Thank pjb227
Columbia, South Carolina
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I like California Dreaming, but there are so many great restaurants in Columbia that I never even think of going there. The food is good, but not outstanding. If you are looking for a great meal at a comparable price, go to Mr. Friendly's, Cellar on Greene, or Solstice. You will not be disappointed!

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Thank vinoluv
Columbia, South Carolina
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice restaurant. The wait was kind of long; we didn't have reservations. The food was good but a little pricy.

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Thank L3370REkennethm
Marana, Arizona
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102 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went here for lunch with friends early (11:30 am) on a Monday. The restaurant gave the general appearance of neglect. There were stray chairs crowding the path to our table and bits of food on the floor. I observed a busboy wiping a table; seeing him let chunks of lettuce, etc., just fall to the floor. He then tossed... More 

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Thank Sarakay53
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For my University of South Carolina 21 year old Daughter's 21st Birthday, we chose CDR&B for our celebration site. We had a party of 12. For a Thursday night we were amazed at how crowded the parking lot and the restaurant were. Despite the abundance of customers our service was timely and pleasant the entire evening. All of the food... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It has been a long time since I visited at CDR&B. a LONG time. the reason? I left with the feeling I had been taken. Croissant (signature bread with honey butter) was a lovely kickoff. The food was fresh and inviting. It is a lovely building, full of wood, brick, beer, good smells. You know the place. A little darker... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
Cuisine
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 South Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-254-6767
Description
Voted “Best Salad” 12 years running, by Free Times and Columbia Metropolitan, “Best Date Spot, Best Overall Restaurant and Best Place to Take your Parents” by USC’s The Daily Gamecock. Enjoy giant-sized fare from the California Dreaming kitchen; start with the Barbecue Chicken Nachos, then slow-cooked Prime Rib or a hearty pasta dish. The restaurant also features late night bar bites; large party carry-out and catering; live music and seasonal patio dining. The historic landmark building, Union Station, is located steps away from USC.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?